Minnehaha Academy Blog

Good News About Who Our Students Are Becoming, Pt. 1

Posted by Amy Barnard on Jan 14, 2019

In this two-part series we look at how students at the Middle School are learning to find the "I can" in the midst of challenges they face, choosing to make this sometimes awkward yet very special season of life their time to shine.

Last year English teacher Chantal Ulferts worked with a student who just couldn’t seem to connect with books.

Reading wasn’t a joy, and the boy was close to writing himself off as a non-reader.

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Topics: Exceptional Academics, Cultivating Potential, Academics, Middle School

Encouraging Reluctant Writers: Preparing Students for Success Part 4

Posted by Amy Barnard on Dec 13, 2018


Developing the drive for effective communication and the ability to connect literacy with areas of passion.

Recap: What's the Why?

If you've read our first post in this series, The Jobs That Don't Exist, you already know that more than half of the jobs our students will step into don't even exist today.

Our faculty work to prepare students not only with excellent academic skills, but also with the so-called "soft skills" that research shows are key to success in any job market. From clear communication to follow-through, research suggests that these soft skills may be even more important than academic success.

The final area we will look at in this series is how the Lower School writing curriculum both fosters a joy in communication and helps students to tap into the drive that is necessary to finish a project.

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Topics: Lower School, Academics, Cultivating Potential

To Be Made Whole and Holy; 2018 Commencement Address

Posted by Amy Barnard on Jun 12, 2018


David Hoffner, Director of Spiritual Formation and Economics teacher, challenges students to endure unearned suffering, love wisdom, and live in genuine freedom. Mr. Hoffner is preparing for his 13th year teaching at Minnehaha Academy.

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Topics: Academics, Upper School

Senior Honors Night Showcases A Hardworking Class

Posted by Amy Barnard on Jun 11, 2018

Reading this year’s list of senior honors might fool you into thinking academics and leadership are easy: over 70% of the students graduated with honors, with 30 of the 78 graduating “With Highest Honors” (GPA of 3.8 to 4.0).

Had you walked the halls these past few weeks as students took AP calculus exams, rose early to watch their research project rocket towards the International Space Station, and put the finishing touches on their final musical performances, you would see that these students take their work seriously.

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Topics: Academics, Upper School, Awards

Things to Consider When Choosing a Private High School

Posted by Rebekah Peterson on Apr 19, 2017

High school is an important time of life that can set the stage for the rest of a student’s academic and professional future. With so many schools to choose from, selecting a school isn't simple by any standards. To make it less daunting, here are the things to consider when choosing a private high school.

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Topics: Upper School, Academics

How Parents Can Help Keep Gifted Children Interested in School

Posted by Rebekah Peterson on Feb 22, 2017

Children are gifted in different ways. What is the best way to keep them engaged in school, honoring their unique gifts? The trick is to help children pursue activities that motivate them to do their best.

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Topics: Academics

How to Help Your Child Achieve Academic Success

Posted by Rebekah Peterson on Feb 13, 2017

Your child’s success in school depends on many things. The quality of programming at your child’s school, your child’s teacher, and access to great resources are all important factors. But the factor that is most important for your child’sacademic success is your involvement.

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Topics: Academics

Latin at Minnehaha Academy's Upper School [Video]

Posted by Rebekah Peterson on Jan 18, 2017


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Topics: Academics

What should we be telling middle school students about careers?

Posted by Melissa Mortenson on Apr 4, 2016

Welcome to our guest blogger Jeannie Burlowski! She is a full-time academic consultant, author and speaker who has a passion for working with families to set kids up to succeed brilliantly in college.

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Topics: Middle School, Upper School, Academics

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